2 Ways Sex Improves Your Career
Corporations are always looking for bright talent to join their ranks.
Once they acquire that talent, the goal is to keep them as productive as possible. As employees, we look for work that is engaging and meaningful. These are the things that keep us happy, and keep corporations profitable
But how can we go about achieving both of these goals? New research suggests that this might be accomplished through one simple activity.
Companies will probably just encourage you to have a better work/life balance. Won’t they won’t say directly, though, is that having more sex improves your career.
Sex Can Affect Your Career
Let’s be honest. A company isn’t going to tell you need to get laid more to boost your numbers at work.
But researchers from Oregon State University published a study in the Journal of Management showing how an active sex life could positively impact your job. Keith Leavitt, one of the researchers, said that:
Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for.
Keith and some other researchers studied the work and sex habits of married couples over a 2 week period. Individuals would complete questionnaires a couple times each day. Leavitt says their work stresses that:
Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.
2 Ways Sex Can Boost Your Career
Here’s what won’t surprise you. The researchers saw that those who got more action at home reported improved moods the following day.
But the elevated mood from sex (which lasted about 24 hours) was linked to:
1. More engagement with their work the following day, and
2. Higher job satisfaction throughout the entire workday.
Researchers even took into account marital satisfaction between partners, as well as sleep quality – two important factors that can predict a person’s mood. Even taking that into account, though, the “sex effect” was still present.
They suspect that this is most likely from the natural release of neurochemicals – dopamine and oxytocin – triggered when you get busy.
So Just Have More Sex?
Does the study say that if you want to be more engaged at work, then just simply have more sex?
Well……not exactly. Work engagement and job satisfaction isn’t quite that simple. But the study does emphasize the importance of work/life balance. The researchers noticed that when people came home with work related stress, it had a negative effect on people’s sex lives. Which is a missed chance for bonding and attachment, and therefore it’s performance boosting effects the next day.
Research consistently shows that having strong relationships is a big part of happiness. When your needs are met on a social and emotional level, everything else falls into place. You can face whatever life throws at you.
And our researcher Leavitt agrees that sex is an important piece of the puzzle:
This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional, and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority.